7th and 8th Grade Youth and Family Ministry
Confirmation for 7th and 8th Graders on Sunday Morning
Sunday school is held between worship services, from 9:15am – 10:15am.
Sunday School Registration 2019 – 2020
Confirmation provides an opportunity for students to dive deeper into faith and grow in relationship with God, with their peers, and with adults of Shepherd of the Hills. Through this ministry students experience God and are grounded in the foundations of faith. The confirmation experience helps students understand what faith means to them, grow in it, and live it out the rest of their lives. Classes meet two times a month for two hours which consist of fellowship & fun, community building, teaching in a large group, with small group conversations. Guardian angels are assigned to each student in the confirmation program. Guardian angels pray for students and sometimes gift students at special times of the year. Their identities are revealed to students on confirmation Sunday when students affirm their baptisms during worship at the conclusion of 8th grade.
Downloads for Confirmation Students
“Faith Friends” are formed through confirmation. This ministry intentionally connects an adult member of the church with two students of the same gender. Faith Friends gather regularly to get to know one another and be in faith conversations. There are also opportunities for families to gather together.
KFC (Kids for Christ) Youth Choir
KFC is for young people who love to sing and make music to worship the Lord. It is a fun group that sings a variety of styles. Presently, students range in age from 6 to 12 years old; however, students of all ages and experience are welcome. Rehearsals are scheduled around families’ availability. KFC sings during both worship services approximately once a month. Families choose if they can be present for both or just one service. Contact the Leader Pastor Darcy to find out more at email@example.com.
Special events are planned throughout the year. These often include gatherings with high school students including service projects at a local animal shelter, packing food for students in need for ministry with Crossroads-Connections and holiday parties.
Volunteer Ministry Opportunities
SOTH loves and encourages children and youth involvement and leadership in all its ministries, including helping with worship and sharing special gifts like singing and playing instruments. Confirmation Students, 7th and 8th Graders, serve as acolytes as part of their Confirmation Experience. Contact the church office or Pastor Darcy for ways to get connected to service and ministry opportunities.
Youth Retreat: October 11 – 13, 2019
A Youth Retreat was planned at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp near Luray, Virginia. It was for 7th -12th graders. We stayed at the farmhouse at the camp and enjoyed hiking, canoeing, campfires, games, and explored the theme “I am a Child of God” together.
Youth Mission Trip to North Carolina
During the summer of 2019, 7th- 12th grade students and adult leaders of SOTH traveled to Taylorsville, North Carolina where they served members of the local community through the organization YouthWorks (www.youthworks.com) who provide Christ-centered mission trip experiences. Students worshiped and enjoyed fellowship with students and adults from other congregations throughout the U.S. as they lived their call from the Lord “to love God through loving others”.
Summer Camp at Caroline Furnace: July 14 – 19, 2019
Summer 2019, SOTH students and campers from all over, experienced a week packed with fun! Open to those in first grade to 18, campers swam, canoed, fished, creek walked, and played small and large group games, worshiped, prayed, and grew in faith and relationship with God. In addition they were challenged on low ropes courses, hiked, cooked over a campfire, created crafts, learned archery, gained culinary skills, and explored the furnace ruins on camp property. Pastor Darcy was present for the week serving as chaplain. Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information.